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Brendan Haywood's Natural Transition to Broadcasting

Charles Barkley knows Brendan Haywood is a shot blocker. A week ago, he didn’t. Last weekend during CBS and Turner Sports’ NCAA tournament coverage, Barkley joked about the former UNC center’s defense. Haywood, a relative newcomer to the broadcasting scene, didn’t hesitate coming back at Barkley, reminding him of his status as the all-time block leader at UNC. (Inside Carolina)

A brief history of North Carolina’s Roy Williams giving the best daggum quotes

Roy Williams is an old white dude who puts the majority of other old white dudes to shame. The Tar Heels’ head coach is a Southern, grandfatherly figure who’s known for peppering his speech with adjectives like “daggum,” “dadgum,” “doggone,” “darn,” and other variations. As UNC gears up for the Sweet 16, we revisit some of the legendary coach’s greatest moments. (SB Nation)

No. 1 seed Tar Heels aiming to remain dominant on the boards

North Carolina's relentless approach on the backboards made the Tar Heels the nation's best rebounding team and helped them earn a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament's South Region. It's a key reason why they're still alive, too, after surviving a scare to reach the Sweet 16 and face Butler on Friday in Memphis. And no team has been this good at it in years. (Associated Press)

Do You Know Vince Carter?

You’ve heard the name. You’ve seen the highlights. Maybe you’ve even watched him play for the Grizzlies. Or the Dallas Mavericks. Or the New Jersey Nets. Or the Toronto Raptors. Vince Carter is a legend, a hall of famer on most people’s ballots. He has been one of the biggest names to come through Memphis. Oh, and he is also the oldest player in the NBA at 40 years old. (Grizzly Bear Blues)

Tar Heels take precautions to protect Joel Berry’s ankle

Joel Berry, whose right ankle became something of a cause for concern during UNC’s first stop in the NCAA Tournament, has worn a medical walking boot since the Tar Heels have returned home. Coach Roy Williams said Tuesday that decision was made as a precautionary measure “just to protect him,” as North Carolina prepares for Butler in the Sweet 16. (Burlington Times News)

Tar Heels take escape in stride

With a harrowing escape in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina is braced for what might be on the horizon in the postseason. Or maybe it’s just out of the Tar Heels’ system. “A game like that we needed,” North Carolina guard Theo Pinson said Tuesday. “Now that we got through that, a stressful moment.” A close call can have its rewards. (Burlington Times News)

Woody Durham to Receive Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award

Legendary North Carolina play-by-play announcer Woody Durham is this year’s recipient of the Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award. The award presentation will be held Saturday, April 22, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Durham served as the play-by-play announcer on more than 1,800 UNC football and men’s basketball broadcasts and is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. (Tennessee Athletics)

North Carolina players stay patient, stick with program in quest for titles

Transience defines much of the current era of college basketball, be it the one-and-dones and their pit stops at various programs or the hundreds of Division I transfers that swap uniforms each offseason. Except at UNC. The Tar Heels haven’t had a player transfer out since 2011 — an eternity in this day and age; there were more than 700 transfers last year. (USA Today)

March Memories: Vince Carter

How do you like North Carolina’s chances this year? Vince Carter: "I think they have a great chance. They’re peaking at the right time. It’s all about luck and a little opportunity, but I think if they just stay disciplined and be who they are, they should be okay...I watch college basketball in general, but I definitely watch the ACC and watch my Tar Heels all the time." (NBA.com)

Audio: Jones Angell - Joel Berry is UNC’s tone-setter

Tar Heel Sports Network play-by-play man Jones Angell joined The David Glenn Show on Tuesday as UNC prepares for its Sweet 16 matchup against Butler. Angell talked about Michael Jordan’s now-famous “The ceiling is the roof” line, and learning from play-by-play legend Woody Durham. Angell also broke down why Joel Berry is so important for UNC. (ACC Sports Journal)

Tyler Hansbrough Helping Put Mad Ants in Playoff Position

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants finished their five-game road trip on a high note last Wednesday, holding off a rally by the Northern Arizona Suns to come away with a 123-122 win. Former Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough was the star in the victory, recording 25 points and 12 rebounds. Hansbrough went 9-for-13 from the field and 2-for-2 from 3-point range. (NBA.com)

Roy Williams: HB2 ‘Just Not Right’

UNC head coach Roy Williams took his Carolina men’s basketball team to Greenville, South Carolina, for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. The games were set to be held in Greensboro but were removed over HB2. But Williams said concern over the law should extend well beyond sports. “It shouldn’t just be about athletic events,” Williams said. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Basketball Focused on Maintaining Momentum

UNC's negative momentum swings during games have been a talking point in recent days, according to Theo Pinson. “After the game, even though we won, we were saying, ‘we have to finish halves better. That’s been killing us the last couple of games. We’ve got to do better in the first half and just finishing out going into halftime with momentum on our side.” (Inside Carolina)

Video: Theo Pinson Pre-Sweet 16 Press Conference

North Carolina guard Theo Pinson speaks to reporters on Tuesday prior to the Tar Heels' Friday matchup against Butler in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in Memphis. View Video...

NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 1 UNC vs. No. 4 Butler

Through two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the South Region has been very chalky as the top four seeds each punched a ticket to the Sweet 16 in Memphis. The first of the South Region semifinal games will feature the No. 1-seed North Carolina Tar Heels and No. 4-seed Butler Bulldogs on Friday night at the FedEx Forum. (Carolina Blue)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 92
Butler: 80
Fri, Mar 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UCLA/Kentucky
Sun, Mar 26, TBD CBS

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#21 Butler80
at #6 UNC92
FINAL
Chrabascz (Butler) 21 pts; Jackson (UNC) 24 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-430-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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